Police bring elderly friends together

THERE were smiles throughout the room as elderly residents from across Portsmouth came together for a special Christmas party.

Monday, 18th December 2017, 9:27 pm
Updated Monday, 18th December 2017, 9:36 pm
Carol singing at the Eastney and Milton Neighbourhood Police team'sChristmas party for the elderly and vulnerable people of Portsmouth at St Swithuns Church Hall, Waverley Rd, Southsea. Pictures: Neil Marshall (171725-16)

The Eastney and Milton Neighbourhood Police team organised a Christmas event for elderly and vulnerable people at St Swithun’s Church Hall in Waverley Road, Southsea.

Guests joined in with a carol service, a game of bingo and enjoyed refreshments yesterday afternoon.

Rachel Webb, 80, said: ‘It has been really good this afternoon.

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The Eastney and Milton Neighbourhood Police team held a Christmas event for the elderly and vulnerable people of Portsmouth at St Swithuns Church Hall, Waverley Rd, Southsea

‘It is nice to get away from all the noisy shops and spend some time with friends.

‘There was a garden party in the summer that the police held, but there are even more people here.’

Win Hopes, 83, said: ‘The event has been very nice indeed.

‘Everyone is very friendly and it’s a lovely atmosphere.’

The ladies from the Portsmouth Stroke Club enjoy the Christmas party

Roy Chandler, 71, said: ‘It is nice to have a pleasant afternoon together like this.

‘To have the chance to catch up with our friends really is wonderful and the police has certainly kept us well-fed.

‘It is very nice to come to these sorts of events.’

The Eastney and Milton Neighbourhood Police team held a Christmas event for the elderly and vulnerable people of Portsmouth at St Swithuns Church Hall, Waverley Rd, Southsea
The ladies from the Portsmouth Stroke Club enjoy the Christmas party